"Tacoma City Council Agenda Items for Tuesday, January 4, 2000"

“Tacoma City CouncilStudy SessionNoon, Tuesday January 4, 2000Room 16, Municipal Building North728 St. Helens AvenueTacomaConvention Center UpdateThe Council will hear an update on plans for the convention center. Staff from a variety of City departments will cover the project’s budget, financing options and construction schedule.Presenters will also update members on selection of the project’s development and construction team. Three qualifying teams responded to the City’s request for proposal to build the convention center. City employees are evaluating the RFPs and plan to hire the development and construction team by spring 2000.The City hopes to open the doors to the new convention center by late 2002.Tacoma City CouncilCity Council Meeting5:00 p.m., Tuesday January 4, 2000Room 16, Municipal Building North728 St. Helens AvenueTacomaNew Council MembersThree new City Council members will take the oath of office prior to taking their seats behind the dais for their first official City Council meeting.Superior Court Judge Stephanie Arend will swear in Doug Miller, who represents West End and North End citizens in District 1 and replaces Paul Miller. Arend also will swear in Bill Evans, Council Member at large. Evans takes the place of Bill Baarsma.U.S. District Court Judge Franklin D. Burgess will swear in former Tacoma Public Utility Board member Bil Moss. Moss represents the citizens of District 3. Her district covers portions of Central and South Tacoma. She takes the place of outgoing Council Member Dolores Silas.Mayor Brian Ebersole and Council Member at large Sharon McGavick, who won their bids for re-election, will also be sworn in for their new terms of office. U.S. District Court Judge Jack E. Tanner will swear in Council Member McGavick and State Appellate Court Judge Marlin Applewick will swear in Mayor Ebersole.Council members and the Mayor serve four-year terms. The swearing-in ceremony will take place immediately before the Council meeting.Deputy Mayor’s Term UpCouncil Member Dave De Forrest will serve as Tacoma’s deputy mayor in 2000, pending a ratification vote of the Council. Council Member De Forrest represents the 4th District, covering McKinley Avenue and Salishan neighborhoods and the remainder of Tacoma’s East Side.The Council traditionally fills the deputy mayor’s seat based on seniority and the position rotates each year among Council members.If the Council approves the appointment, Council Member De Forrest will replace Steve Kirby, whose term as deputy mayor expired December 31, 1999.”